It's a challenge, particularly when you are responsible for taking care of a family. I pride myself on nourishing my husband and kids. Thankfully, the recipes so far have been the sorts of things I can also incorporate into their meals. The kids have been having a hearty cup of this all week at breakfast, alongside me, and they love it.
Core and slice the apples in half. Steam the apples, then blend them in a food processor with blueberries and cinnamon (to taste) until desired consistency.
That makes one 8 oz serving. Tracy's recipe calls for peeling the apples after you steam them, which I did not do. I like the heft the skin gives the sauce and since they were organic apples I wasn't worried about skeevy chemicals on the peels. I made a huge batch, and just processed it in batches through the Cuisinart, then stored a big bowl of it in the fridge. To give you an idea of quantities, I steamed 18 apples and added 2 cups of blueberries to my batch...plus a hearty shake (or 10) of cinnamon.
The past three mornings I have given my kids a cup of the blueberry applesauce (which you can see I still left pretty chunky) alongside either protein pancakes, oatmeal (that I also make ahead and keep in the fridge), or Trader Joe's frozen whole wheat waffles. I am able to stick to the eating plan and feel satiated, and they're getting a nice whole fruit treat instead of the regular apple slices or handful of berries with their breakfast.